Posts Tagged ‘homelessness’
Happy New Year!! I hope that everyone had a festive period as enjoyable as mine. Not only had I proved I had been a good girl in 2009 by being rewarded generously by Santa (Yes I still believe!), but I also engaged in some volunteering.
For a couple of days after Christmas I travelled back to London to volunteer for Crisis Christmas. For those of you who don’t know who Crisis are, they are the national charity for single homeless people.
For the second year running, I volunteered at a confidential centre for vulnerable homeless people, working two shifts (7:45am – 4pm). The two days consisted of cleaning the surrounding streets of the centre of any rubbish, manning the smoking area, signing guests in and out of the building, booking guests appointments to see the doctors, dentists, hairdressers, advisors and masseuses, cleaning toilets, serving refreshments to the guests and so much more. We of course also had the opportunity to talk to and engage with guests throughout the day. Shifts worked in 45 minutes rotation, in theory having, one outside (or cold shift) followed by a more warmer shift etc. Needless to say, at times I got very cold and very wet, but it was all worth it, especially when guests tell you how much they appreciate the work that Crisis do for them and that they are really enjoying their time at the centre.
The whole experience of volunteering for Crisis Christmas from beginning to end has been amazing, from meeting the guests and hearing their stories, to meeting and making friends with other volunteers. One thing that amazed me this year, was how many old faces I recognized from the year before (guests and volunteers), and even more amazingly, that people remembered me! Crisis Christmas is definitely something that I will continue doing and definitely something I would recommend others to do. What a great volunteering activity to end the year with!
Ciao for now!